Latin Pronunciation: Does it really matter?

How to pronounce Latin: does it really even matter?

Here’s a Latin question I get once a week… “Why are there two ways to pronounce the same language?” It is often followed by this question: “Why not pronounce Latin the way the ancient Romans pronounced Latin?” Well… There’s the trouble.  No one knows for certain how the ancient Romans pronounced Latin.  Why not? No one knows because […]

Hands On History: 4 Things to Plant Like an American Settler

Hands-On History: 4 unexpectedly random things you can plant and maintain like the early American settlers!

Have you ever wondered what kind of garden early American Settlers and Colonists created? Did you dream of lush lilacs and boisterous begonias? Do you envision pathways lined with pansies or row upon row of rhododendron? Actually in the earliest days of America’s founding, gardens were fairly small and extremely practical. Early settlers simply planted to […]

WordUp! The Vocab Show is Here!

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    On sale for just $9.99! WordUp! The Vocab Show is finally here! Dwane Thomas, of Visual Latin fame, stars in a zany new show teaching Latin and Greek roots, as well as hundreds of English vocabulary words. Utilizing a new approach to learning, WordUp! seriously expands a student’s grasp of the vocabulary used in literature, science, and […]

Mom Reviews Visual Latin


Visual Latin mom reviews the curriculum on     Pros: Enjoyable, streamlined, stress-free Cons: Answer keys in Beta version; needs some editing for small quirks This is a wonderful introduction to Latin, a kick-starter for those who have previously burned out on Latin, and a great way for the family to learn Latin together. We’ve used […]

Lessons in Leadership from Teddy Roosevelt


In 1898, Theodore Roosevelt was rather bored by the red tape of political life. Roosevelt was a natural leader and, feeling there was nothing more he could do from Washington, he gathered around himself a hurley-burley mix of cowboys and ivy-league dandies and formed the 1st Volunteer Cavalry (who later went on to become known […]

Back to Homeschool Traditions: Focusing on Love

Back to Homeschool Traditions: Focusing on Love

This is a guest post from Kathy at Simply Homeschool Living. Our homeschool is in its fourth year, and our pets (a black lab and a small kitty) are a big part of our day. You’ll find the dog lounging on the couch with her head on my son’s lap while he does his math, or the […]

Back to Homeschool Traditions: Shopping!


This is a guest post from Debbi at Note-able Scraps.   Back-to-Homeschool can be such a wonderful time of year!  My four children claim to love the time off of school during summer break, but truth be told, once summer camp and all the fun trips are over, they are bored and ready to get […]

10 Reasons to Use Compass Classroom Curriculum!


  We’ve provided lots of free lessons and have a 100% satisfaction guarantee so you can feel confident in your curriculum purchases. But if you need more reasons to save, here you go: 10 Reasons to Use Compass Classroom Curriculum: LATIN aids in mastery of English and enhances SAT and ACT scores. (Plus, kids think it’s pretty fun.) […]

Hands-on History: American History Games

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Have you heard the myth that the game of baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday, a Union General during the Civil War who grew up in Cooperstown, New York? There is not a whole lot of evidence supporting this idea, but the fact that the Baseball Hall of Fame now resides in Cooperstown forever links […]

Hands-on History: 3 Simple Diorama Ideas


America’s history is replete with exciting stories of gallantry, courage, adventure, and sacrifice. Those who see history as a frustrating array of dates and dead people have never had their imaginations captured by history’s grandness and greatness. There are many tools to help capture a child’s imagination and fuel their love of learning history. The […]